Mon amie américaine (Paperback)

By Michele Halberstadt

Other Press, 9781590517598, 176pp.

Publication Date: April 12, 2016

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Description

When two colleagues become close friends they believe their friendship will last forever, but when one of them suffers a devastating illness, the bond between them is stretched to a breaking point.
 
Two women are film industry colleagues and very close friends. Molly is a charismatic and dynamic Manhattan businesswoman until, at the age of forty, she has a brain aneurysm and falls into a month-long coma. Frightened and debilitated, she is a shadow of her former self.
            Michèle, her Parisian friend, must grapple with these changes as she contemplates the nature of her relationship with a now-unrecognizable Molly. Is the bond the same when everything you once loved about a person has changed? What becomes of a friendship you once thought was unbreakable? Author Michèle Halberstadt explores the guilt that arises from these questions with grace and sensitivity.


About the Author

Michèle Halberstadt is a journalist, author, and producer of such films as Monsieur Ibrahim, Farewell My Concubine, and Murderous Maids, which she also cowrote. Her novels include La Petite and The Pianist in the Dark, which won the Drouot Literary Prize and was short-listed for the Lilas literary prize in France.

Bruce Benderson is a novelist and essayist as well as a translator. He is the author of a memoir, The Romanian: Story of an Obsession, winner of France’s prestigious Prix de Flore in French translation, and Pacific Agony.


Praise For Mon amie américaine

“There are interesting themes of friendship and guilt in this slim volume. Halberstadt’s approach ultimately reveals that friendships are mirrors, and when bonds break, we have to reckon with sides of ourselves we may not like.” —Publishers Weekly

"Brief, poignant, and affecting." —Library Journal

“[Mon amie américaine’s] dark conclusion is astonishing in its honesty.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Bruce Benderson's translation from the French is melodic and evokes fluent but accented English, exactly as the reader expects Michèle to sound. Her tone ranges from elegiac to loving to frustrated ("How many times in the last ten years have I repeated you ought to see a specialist") to self-pitying and to resigned. This love letter to friendship ends by considering what we are willing to do for those we love, and what obstacles even friendship may be unable to overcome.”
Shelf Awareness

"An honest look at the many feelings an individual goes through as they watch someone they love struggle to stay alive...an interesting take on a sad but true aspect of life." —New York Daily News

“This novel about friendship is everything a friend should be—tender, wise, dogged and unflinching. Halberstadt writes without affectation, but with considerable ambition, laying bare the limits of our loyalties, even to our better selves. This is a marvel of a book.” —Robin Kirman, author of Bradstreet Gate 

“In Mon amie américaine, Halberstadt delves into the intimacies of friendship between women, and sensitively and brilliantly explores the fault lines inherent in all relationships.” —Peter Nichols, author of The Rocks